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Fake Fruit Factory (1986)

The economic and sexual politics of a Central America factory where artificial fruit is manufactured.


Chick Strand
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The economic and sexual politics of a Central America factory where artificial fruit is manufactured.

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A bit mundane....
26 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This 21 minute short film is from "American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 1"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird!

Chick Strand made this film about women who worked at a company that made papier-mâché fruit. It's less about the fruit and more about the women themselves that the film explores. At times, it consists of LOTS of very closeup shots of the women and their hands--with the sort of framing, odd composition and choppy cuts you'd expect in an art film. Not surprising, these Mexican workers speak Spanish through most of the film and Strand translates it in text for the viewers. Much of what they talk about is gossip. Later, the ladies drive to some swimming pool with their kids and the men--as Mexican music plays. Then, they take a break to eat, play cards and gossip some more. Then, they return to work and get paid. Then, you learn that the boss ran off with another woman and his wife now runs the place...and is rich.

All in all, this film is impossible to rate. It certainly would hold no interest to the average person but is meant as more of an art film--so I'll withhold a numerical rating. I didn't particularly enjoy it, though.

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3 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Fábrica de fruta artificial See more »

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